The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.Jesus said everything He did – the teaching, miracles, healing people, his horrific execution, and world changing resurrection – was for one reason only: to give people life.
That statement begs a question.
What is Life?
Only three little one syllable words, yet the question is huge. So big in fact that I’m not going to pretend to give a definitive answer to it. And I want to hear what you have to say about it. Go ahead and leave a comment at the end of this post with your thoughts.
At the same time, if this is really a blog of “practical life philosophy,” then we ought to look at the question of Life, eh?
Is life simply the sum of our biological function? I mean Jesus did heal a whole bunch of physical maladies. Even so, that seems like a pretty small view of the term. I’m sure the theologians would holler, “Wait! Wait! There’s more to life than that.”
The thing is we humans seem to somehow be “aware”. We know we exist, and yet we question that existence. What other living thing on this planet does that? Why are we different that way, then?
Why is it all of us deep down have a similar craving to be healthy, happy and rich? Is that what it means to be fully alive?
I recently had a conversation where I said that I believe communication is one of the fundamental keys to life. Because without communication there are no relationships. Without relationships life is pretty pointless.
But is Life simply the sum of our relationships? That may not be the whole enchilada, but I really think we are on to something now.
It makes sense in terms of what Jesus said about His motivations. Did he come to help us with our relationships? Was He kind of like a cosmic, all knowing version of Dr. Phil?
While that question is a bit simplistic, and may even be seen as blasphemous by some, I don’t think it is all that wide of the mark.
Read through the things that Jesus has to say. He is consistently beating the same drum. He talks almost exclusively about our relationships, both with God and with each other.
Jesus summed up what was most important to us this way:
Jesus replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."Jesus said the Life He came to give was all about relationships.
That’s my take. Share yours. Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.
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